The Role of Philanthropy in a New Social Contract

Hosted by the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre and the Marshall Institute

Online public event


Professor Stephan Chambers

Professor Stephan Chambers

Shaline Gnanalingam

Shaline Gnanalingam

Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Professor Hyun Bang Shin

Professor Hyun Bang Shin


Baroness Shafik

Baroness Shafik

Professor Saw Swee Hock demonstrated the transformational nature of philanthropy at LSE by contributing to initiatives that have brought lasting change across the School and beyond, embracing education, research and the community. Reflecting on the impact of the late Professor Saw’s philanthropy at LSE and with the world in flux after a global pandemic, our discussion looks at how philanthropy plays an increasingly important role in society.

Meet our speakers and chair

Stephan Chambers is the inaugural director of the Marshall Institute at LSE. He is also Professor in Practice at the Department of Management at LSE and Course Director for the new Executive Masters in Social Business and Entrepreneurship.

Shaline Gnanalingam leads her family office, spearheading the transition towards impact investing to better align with family values. She serves on the board of Westports Malaysia and is a member of the Maverick Collective, focused on creating a sustainable and replicable consumer driven social enterprise model. The family also embarks on various philanthropic endeavours focused on improving women's rights, racial justice and education. 

Tharman Shanmugaratnam (@Tharman_S) is Senior Minister in Singapore, having served for several years as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister. He is also Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, and chairs the National Jobs Council aimed at building skills and jobs in the wake of COVID-19. He is concurrently Chairman of Singapore’s central bank and financial regulator.

Hyun Bang Shin (@urbancommune) is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC), and Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment.

Minouche Shafik is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this, she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. She is an alumna of LSE. Her new book, What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract, is out now.

More about this event

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) (@LSESEAC) is a multidisciplinary Research Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Building on the School’s deep academic and historical connections with Southeast Asia, SEAC seeks to foster world-leading academic and policy research with a focus on the Southeast Asian social and political landscape, guided by the Centre's core intersecting research themes of urbanisation, connectivity and governance. The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre was established with the generous support of Professor Saw Swee Hock.

The Marshall Institute (@LSEMarshall) works to improve the impact and effectiveness of private action for public benefit. By private action we mean the activities of philanthropic foundations, social entrepreneurs, charities, NGOs and individual citizens, donating their time, money, ideas, knowledge and skills to serve the public good. By public benefit we mean activities that serve an explicitly social goal. Very often these interventions involve significant risk. Almost always they involve outcomes that are hard to measure. They are always improved by understanding.

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series imagining what the world could look like after the crisis, and how we get there.

This event is part of SEAC's Southeast Asia Forum. The Southeast Asia Forum is SEAC's flagship event, bringing together leading Southeast Asia experts to engage with some of the region's most critical and pressing issues, as well as showcasing the high-quality research on Southeast Asia conducted at LSE.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEPostCOVID

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